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Cocoa-Tree Club, St. James's-stóWas the Tory Chocolate House of Queen Anne's reign, the Whig Coffee House being the St. James's, lower down in the same street. There is no special qualification, the elections being in the hands of the committee which consists of seventeen members of the club, three of whom constitute a quorum. No candidate will be balloted for except during the sitting of Parliament, or at such other time as the president may appoint. When a candidate is balloted for, one black ball in the quorum of three excludes, or two in the whole Committee, but a candidate who has been black-balled may be again proposed and seconded by any two members, and may be balloted for within any period not less than six months. Entrance fee, £5 5s.; annual sub- scription, £4 4s.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879